I’ve talked a lot about my love of Pure Barre – it really is my favorite activity other than running and I’ve been thinking about what exactly it is that I enjoy so much. After some thought, I came up with a few reasons why I love Pure Barre as much as I do.
Note: this is not a sponsored post. I just really love Pure Barre.
- The workout works. This is the most important thing to me. I only have a limited amount of time for workouts (like most folks) and I need my workouts to be effective. Pure Barre is a full body workout and has made me much stronger over the past couple years. I’ve noticed the changes and it has definitely helped to improve my running.
- It’s always changing. I am never bored in class because the instructors are constantly learning new ways to torture / challenge us. Plus with the addition of Pure Barre Platform, there’s always a way to switch it up.
- The community is incredible. I’ve been to so many fitness studios and sometimes the workout is great but the community is not. This is number 3 on my list but might actually be number 1. I absolutely adore the Pure Barre community. It’s incredibly welcoming, diverse and encouraging. The women that I’ve met through Pure Barre have become friends and I don’t say that lightly.
Recently there was an article examining Pure Barre in a feminist light that got some traction. In it, the author recounted being told that her ankles were showing (a reference to the fact that sometimes in barre classes women will pull their socks over the heels of their leggings). She talked about the references to diamonds (in terms of making a diamond shape with your legs) and commented on the lack of diversity at Pure Barre. Everyone has their own experience and Pure Barre isn’t going to be loved by everyone. However. I have taken classes at studios in Atlanta, Birmimgham, Boulder and Chicago – in addition to all of the DC studios and a couple of the Virginia studios in my area. I have never heard anyone even mention someone else’s ankles. Because that would be ridiculous. And as far as the diversity piece – I agree that Pure Barre’s marketing folks really need to get it together – the marketing is pretty terrible and homogenous. But as someone who lives in this sphere daily (I’m a diversity and inclusion manager for a big law firm), I can say that one of the the things I love about Pure Barre is that it’s so incredibly diverse. It’s one of my favorite things about the studio. I don’t do homogenous – in my day to day life and in my fitness – and I can say without hesitation that Pure Barre is the furtherest thing from that. As a woman of color who considers herself a feminist, I was kind of confused by some of the criticisms in the piece (it’s here if you really want to read it. It’s kind of odd though, you’ve been warned). Honestly? I just didn’t identify with the vast majority of the piece. When I’m in the studio before class, I’m chatting with the women around me and dashing out to fill up my water. I don’t see the connections between a workout and purity that the author makes. I find them confusing, to be honest.
I am pretty vocal about why I love Pure Barre and I know I’m not alone. Of course, I have plenty of friends who just don’t get the hype. Just like anything, it’s not for everyone. But…if you’ve been thinking about giving it a try – do it.
Barre – love it, hate it, or indifferent?